In celebration of the annual World Bicycle Day, Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, has advocated for a policy that will promote cycling and enable bicycle to be used as a means of transportation, as it encourages physical and mental health.
Talabi who stated this after an awareness walk organised by the State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in Abeokuta, which featured cycling around the State capital, said it was an affordable and reliable way to commute, irrespective of age, adding that it would reduce health challenges associated with sedentary lifestyle, among other inherent benefits.
He explained that the annual celebration declared by the United Nations General Assembly was meant to encourage regular riding of bicycle, saying, “cycling promotes economic growth, reduces inequalities, while improving physical fitness of the cyclists”.
Speaking on the importance of bicycle to fast track the socio-economic development of the State, Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo said the present administration is working towards achieving a viable transportation system, that would ease movement of the people and goods.
Engr. Dairo assured that cycling would be given a face lift due to its environmentally-friendly advantage, stressing that it would reduce carbon emissions impact on the environment.
“Cycling is environmentally-friendly transportation, which saves money on fuel, simple, reliable, and beneficial in all ways. So, joining the rest of the world to celebrate the day, the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun will continue to promote any means of transportation system that will ease movement of the people and goods”, he said.
In his remark, the State Sector Commander, FRSC, Alhaji Hammed Umar, who emphasised on the need to harness opportunities abound in different means of transportation, appreciated the Federal and State Governments for providing good roads to ease human and vehicular movements.